Survey: Fastest route to US RN license

  1. For the benefit of foreign nurses who are just starting, I'd like to make a survey of foreign nurses who ACTUALLY possess a US RN license from any state.

    Example:

    BON: California
    SSN: None
    Application to sit for NCLEX: Jan. 4, 2005
    Eligibility received: May 1, 2005
    NCLEX: Aug 1, 2005 (passed)
    License Received: Nov. 4, 2005
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   letina
    OK, here's mine.......

    BON : Florida
    SSN : Yes (received June 2006)
    Application to sit for NCLEX : January 2005
    Eligibility received : March 2005
    NCLEX : April 2005 (passed)
    License received : June 2006
  4. by   FutureUSRN
    Just a question: why it took you more than one year after passing NCLEX to receive your license?
  5. by   letina
    Quote from FutureUSRN
    Just a question: why it took you more than one year after passing NCLEX to receive your license?
    Simple......Immigration :angryfire .....and I'm one of the lucky ones, some UK nurses have waited 2 years or more. The BON doesn't issue a license until you become resident legally, well that's the case for Florida, not sure about other States.
  6. by   suzanne4
    Quote from FutureUSRN
    Just a question: why it took you more than one year after passing NCLEX to receive your license?
    Because you need to be in the US to get the SSN. California does not issue you a license until you are in the US and given them a SSN#. All you get is a letter shtating that you passed the NCLEX exam and that you meet requirements for licensure pending you submitting a SSN# to them.

    That is why there is a lag for receiving the license, you need to complete the immigraiton process to get it in most states.
  7. by   suzanne4
    The issue is noit who is the fastest, but where you really want to work. Trying to endorse to most states can actually be more time consuming and will take longer than going there for initial licensure. The only exception to this is CA, most of the others have specific requirements that need to be met.

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